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Shocking Grasp - WFBE Sessions (1984)

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Shocking Grasp - WFBE Sessions (1984)






Eric Scott - Vocals, Gary Phillips – Drums, George Kalender – Bass, Chris McNicol – Guitar.

Starting to play lots of house parties and hall shows, along with WFBE. This was the Drew Shoes period in Downtown, what I consider the salad days for my punk youth, for the scene was on the boom. The Drew Shoes shows were awesome, packed, and only a buck or two for an entire night of live music. Bloody Coup, Mike Westerman’s band, devout Dissonance fan (a.k.a “stickerman”) was around. The Guilty Bystanders were playing a lot, along with Dissonance with Turpen, I remember when Phil and Tanya still had shows at their Poplar street house, by Kearsley Park, Andy was wearing this white wedding dress at one of his first gigs (if not the very first), fuckin’ hilarious. Godspeed was playing shows and did a WFBE recording, “Ball and Chain” is still a song that sticks with me.

During this time, Eric Scott, Chuck Taylor, Dan Menne, and I, were like the 4 musketeers, living close to each other and going to school together. We went through a lot of shit during our high school years, and after, really relied on each other through the flack of life. By mid 1984 we’d seen Black Flag a couple times, the Misfits last show ever at the Greystone, Necros, Circle Jerks, Butthole Surfers, Nig Heist, Meat Puppets, it goes on and on… I was barely 16 and felt I’d seen more than most would in a lifetime.

The Prospect Hall shows were around this time, I think… saw M.D.C. there with Dissonance, incredible show! I think this is where we saw the Necros possibly. Speaking of Necros… I had a band together in the late 90’s with Todd Swalla, the drummer of Necros and Laughing Hyenas (incredible Ann Arbor band!!!). I was at Todd’s parents place in Toledo, OH and saw these old Necros drumheads with the logos on ‘em from their early 80’s tour, I about freaked out, he told me to take ‘em, his mom was pestering him to get his stuff out of the garage anyway… enclosed are pic’s of those.


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